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Brasserie Cantillon, Brussels

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Try a family recipe for Iambic brews at Brasserie Cantillon, where beer has been brewed since 1900. The family-owned brewery has made beer the same way since the early 20th century, except for the addition of organic ingredients in 1999. The lambic is Belgium's specialty beer, which uses uncontrolled fermentation from local yeast varieties. The beverage that this creates sometimes looks foggy and has a sweet, smooth flavor. Learn how three types of lambic are brewed: kriek, faro, and gueuze. Taste one, or all, after a brewery tour. Individual tours are available at any time throughout the day, and the small admission fee includes a free glass of beer. Additional glasses of beer cost a few extra euros. To visit Brasserie Cantillon and other attractions in Brussels, use our Brussels trip generator.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The visit of the Cantillon brewery family worth a visit. The introduction is made by a member of staff and a booklet is given to us to accompany the visit guided (in full autonomy at its own pace) 8 key steps. Entrance adult: € 7 access disabled: € 6 entrance-21 years: €6 a tasting of 2 different beers is available before leaving the premises.
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  • August 9, 2017
    everything is still as it used to be very good traditional kriek and gueuze and Lambic, still brewed in the old way
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  • August 4, 2017
    If you are a fan of Belgian beers, and Lambic in particular, this place is a must. The tour is self guided but that is ok, then you get to do it at your own pace. The best part is of course the sampli...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    This no frills brewery feels like taking a step back in time as they've done things roughly the same way for decades. Visit to enjoy a lovely self-guided tour, enjoy amazing bottles on site, and purchase bottles or swag for takeaway. This is certainly a destination and not in a fancy area of the city. Expect to meet sour beer lovers from all over the world!
  • June 23, 2017
    A rare and beautiful experience. What other brewery lets you have the run of the place on a self guided tour? They produce world class beer, but understand going in that their beer (Lambic style) tastes nothing like most people's preconceived notion of beer. It's sour but complex. This brewery is living history and a must visit.
  • May 29, 2017
    This brewery is in a pretty gross part of the city. Upon arriving at 4pm, I was nearly denied entry. I patiently and politely waited in line to try their beer. I was rushed through the process and any question I had was quickly dismissed. There are a few shining gems who work here. But everyone else acts like they'd rather be somewhere else. You can buy Cantillon very affordably, but you'll be pretty bummed out with your experience. Closed on Sundays, and the bar stops selling bottles at 4:28pm. I love this beer. Not a fan of the brewery.
  • March 23, 2017
    This place was incredible. Staff are extremely friendly and clearly passionate about their craft. Self-guided tour that lets you move at your own rate. Definitely try to come around 3pm so you can see the wort! Two beer samples at the end are icing on the cake!
  • May 28, 2017
    This place is soaked with a beer craft. The self-guided tour was not terribly exciting by itself - I was too impatient to read the leaflet provided fully, and it was not that much too see otherwise (however, I've found materials to be very interesting afterwards). It was the tasting when I've really enjoyed the sour beer for the first time (tried it before, but it was never that charming). Somehow the air in the tasting room is just so cosy and welcoming that you can't resist. They also have some varieties available for tasting which you can hardly find anywhere else, and you can buy their beers bottled for the lowest price as well.

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